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Kosice's Coat of Arms
 Košice, Slovakia

Town Views

Street Map with Some Jewish Sites

Annotated Map (from Mapquest) Showing Locations of Jewish Sites of Interest 

Then and Now

Architects Ľudovít Oelschläger and Gejza Zoltán Boskó.  Photo 1927.

Synagogue on Puškinova Street.  Today, it is a religious center for the modern Orthodox Jews of Košice. Used for services only on High Holidays.

Photo, M. Isenberg, © November 2013.
Kosice Street 1881
Kosice street, serving the orthodox community, designed by the architect János Balogh. Photo dated 1881. The last reconstruction was in 1899.
Same street, Ulica Zvonarska, November 2013.  White building is Synagogue, part of Kosice's Jewish Community Center.
Photos, M. Isenberg, © November 2013.
Kosice's Neological Temple, architect Lajos Kosma, in the Neo-Baroque style. Photo 1927.
Neolog Synagogue-Cultural center
This building appears to be attached to the synagogue and now serves as a cultural center and concert hall.  Note the name on the building: Štátna Filharmónica Košice, basically the State Philharmonic Arts Center, Kosice.  It is located on the corner of Moysesova and Gre
šakova streets.
Photo, M. Isenberg, © November 2013.
Kosice Neolog Temple view 2
Another view of Neological Temple. Photo 1927
 A view of Neological Temple
Photo, M. Isenberg,
© November 2013.
Demolished Synagogue

The Status Quo Synagogue, built in 1866. 
Architect Michal Repaszky; The Vienna Tempelgasse Synagogue probably served as an inspiration for the design.  Demolished in 1958
What the Status Quo Synagogue looked like.  Found in a document, "Silvia Singerová: Jewish Identity after the Holocaust - The Community in Košice"
Random Photo taken 17 November 2013, by M. Isenberg, now identified as the State Science Library Building, Hlavna Ulica 10.

Plaque Location
Memorial On Wall


Inscription in Slovak, Hungarian and English. Here's the English version:

"In memory of 401,439 Jews deported between the 14th May and 20th July 1944 in 137 transports via Kosice from War-time Hungary to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. With thanks to Dr. Mikulas Gasko and Stefan Vrancik who risked their lives to keep this testimony for future generations."

Note: Stefan Vrancik was the grandfather of Peter Absolon's 2nd cousin!

In May 2014, six months after this photo at left was taken, the above memorial plaque was attached to the wall of the State
Science Library Building.

 On the second photo, extracted and adapted from a photo on GoogleMaps, you can see where it was attached to the wall.

Postcards on left side used with permission of
František Bányai (seešek_Bányai for more information about him), who is very much involved with the Jewish community of Prague, Czech Republic.  He has a wonderful website with a collection of Jewish-themed postcards, at that I have found to be a great resource for photographic vignettes of European Jewish life, from the late 1800s until 1930.

Bobby Furst serves as the librarian for the Hungarian-Special Interest Group (H-SIG) of JewishGen. Bobby had family who once lived in Kosice and the family names were NEUMANN and GUTMANN.

Bobby kindly allowed us to display the photographs she took in Kosice when she visited there in 1998. Click on the images to view a larger size.
Thanks, Bobby!





Vivian Kahn, Coordinator, JewishGen Hungarian SIG, shared a postcard of Kosice, unknown publisher and date. (Click to enlarge)

Kosice Postcard

Vivian's family names in Kosice were SIMKO and MOSKOVITS.

Vivian also provided some additional views of the orthodox synagogue on Zvonarska Street in Kosice that she photographed in 2001. Thanks, Vivian!


Note:  If someone is unable to travel to Kosice to photograph places of interest, Peter Absolon (who lives in Kosice) could do this for you as part of his genealogy services.
 Compiled by
Madeleine Isenberg 
Originally created
10 September 2014
Updated 13 June 2019
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Madeleine R. Isenberg  
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